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rgarner
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posted 06-24-2014 03:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that I can now announce the very first Cosmic Con event!

This is the first of many Astronaut and Astronomy events coming from Cosmic Con.

You now have the chance to meet:

  • Apollo 7's Walt Cunningham
  • Skylab 4's Jerry Carr
  • Skylab 4's Ed Gibson
  • As well as several guest speakers whom of which will cover a series of topics (astronomy, astrophotography, etc.)
The event is being held at the Hilton Manchester Airport hotel between 5th and 7th June 2015 (we're giving you plenty of notice). We have negotiated a rate of £79 B&B for Single rooms and £89 B&B for Twin/Double and Family rooms.

The hotel is situated on the airport grounds and is a few minutes walk from the train station — nice and easy. We have also negotiated free car parking AND a 20% food and beverage discount at the hotel for ALL of our guests, simply show your event ticket when buying/charging to your room.

Entry tickets cost as little as £10 AND children under the age of 13 get free entry. We do have other tickets available, all with different benefits (some of which are limited in number so get in there quickly).

The event will consist of lectures, photoshoots and a gala dinner. And you will of course be able to get hold of as many autographs as you like. The Gala Dinner Tickets are £70 (Please note that the VIP Tickets already include entry to the Gala Dinner, as well as seating on one of the astronaut tables).

Seats to the Lectures are numbered and are on a first come, first serve basis. You won't want to miss out on those!

You will be able to get hold of autographs from each of our astronauts. We will supply a variety of high quality photographs, but you are welcome to bring your own objects for them to sign.

There will also be a great selection of memorabilia for sale at the event. That includes space, astronomy and astrophotography gear.

And... WE ACCEPT PAYPAL.

Side note: We are currently waiting for the Promo Code from the Hilton so that you can book your hotel rooms. This will be announced on Friday (and a link added to the website for your convenience).

Apollo14LMP
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posted 06-24-2014 04:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo14LMP   Click Here to Email Apollo14LMP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice and handy 40 minutes on the train — hate parking in Manchester!

Hope to see many more like this superb...

Great to see so many astronauts coming to the North West!

rgarner
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posted 06-24-2014 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We don't have many of these events in the North West, but like you say, it is easy to get to Manchester no matter where in the country you are, so we're hoping for a big turnout.

18blue78
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posted 06-25-2014 04:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 18blue78     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great to have an event so close to home. Looking forward to it.

Apollo14LMP
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posted 06-25-2014 03:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo14LMP   Click Here to Email Apollo14LMP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is Cosmic-Con going to have a Facebook and Twitter page to keep us in touch with the event?

rgarner
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posted 06-25-2014 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here you go: Facebook and Twitter.

Blackarrow
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posted 06-25-2014 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it just me, or is there something a little bit worrying about that name?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-25-2014 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The name is a play on "Comic-Con" — the world's largest multigenre entertainment and comic convention.

rgarner
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posted 06-25-2014 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That made me laugh! I didn't even notice. Please pay no attention to the ''con'' part of the event name. It is as Robert says, a play on words

Blackarrow
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posted 06-25-2014 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As Robert well knows, I recently visited Pasadena, home of four of Comic-Con's greatest fans.

rgarner
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posted 06-26-2014 07:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just so everyone is aware, the photoshoots are NOT priced per person. We can get a maximum of 3 people (possibly 4) in each shot with our astronauts.

rgarner
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posted 06-29-2014 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can now book your rooms at the Hilton Manchester Airport hotel by clicking the link on our Venue page here.

rgarner
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posted 07-02-2014 05:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For all of you astronomy fans out there, we have Astronomia setting up stall at the event. Knowledge and equipment at the ready!

rgarner
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posted 07-13-2014 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Update: Our astronauts have kindly offered to hold a Panel, so now we can offer not only individual lectures but a panel with Walt Cunningham, Ed Gibson and Jerry Carr, all on the same boat! We even have Astronomer Nick Howes moderating for us.

I know what you're thinking... ''swagger''.

rgarner
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posted 07-26-2014 05:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For our meteorite and tv hunting show fans out there, we now have Geoff Notkin from the Discovery TV show ''Meteorite Men'' attending our event!

He will be giving lectures, having photoshoots and signing autographs (as well as having 6 tables full of meteorites to stare at/buy).

The list keeps growing!

rgarner
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posted 08-01-2014 06:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
COMPETITION: All Tickets purchased from now until 1st November will go into a prize draw to win a REAL piece of Moon and Mars Meteorite worth £50! Get your tickets at cosmiccon.co.uk and enter the prize draw!

rgarner
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posted 08-31-2014 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NEW GUEST: Mark Thompson, Presenter of BBC Stargazing Live.

Mark will be giving free lectures, signing books and generally gracing us with his presence. So for you Astronomy fans out there, the plot thickens!

Steve Procter
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posted 09-06-2014 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rich, great that you are putting this on. If you need any volunteer assistance please shout up. Not far to travel as well...

rgarner
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posted 09-07-2014 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Steve! I'm surprised by just how many people have offered their assistance with the event. That said, I do already have a workforce in place but I do hope to see you (and everyone else) there!

If the event is a success then it will be a yearly thing, if not then it will be the first and last so all support is welcome!

rgarner
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posted 09-11-2014 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who is planning on coming to this? Show of hands people!

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posted 09-11-2014 04:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 18blue78     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
'Hand up' I'm planning on going although holding off buying tickets until after Xmas.

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posted 09-12-2014 07:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't panic, Mr Mannering!! I'm coming too, Rich.

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posted 09-12-2014 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Madon_space   Click Here to Email Madon_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Richard, I am planning on coming but also waiting till after Xmas to buy the tickets.

rgarner
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posted 09-13-2014 05:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice to know a few of my fellow cSers will be attending!

Don't forget to book your rooms though - you don't have to pay for the room until you leave and they can be cancelled anytime up until 4pm on the day of arrival.

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posted 09-16-2014 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John C UK   Click Here to Email John C UK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Richard, I have sent you mail!

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